Russian Baronial award, by Michael.

I was honored to receive my Barony’s persona award this past weekend, and Michael Sinclair made this lovely Russian scroll for me!! It’s gouache on pergamenta, and about 11″ x 14″.

Russian Charter set

A set of five charters for An Tir in the tetralogical style, these were loosely based on a 14th c gospel from Moscow. The Awards included are the Lion’s Torse, Lion’s Cub, Terpsichore’s Fox, Leo Minor, and Lion’s Mane. To make them a set, I drew the frame and then added different critters and knotwork…

Temple Ring pendants part 3: Coil temple rings and bells.

The three tiered pendants I made earlier needed different temple rings in order to match the actual find. This particular set was found attached to temple rings with a coil terminal, next to a chain with a bell attached, as seen on the bottom left, below. Source: Glasov I made these temple rings in much…

Tiger of St Francis Charter

A charter (preprint) for the Summits, based on a 14-15th c Russian manuscript from Moscow. Source: Vzdornov Designed, waiting for calligraphy. The text was written in a pseudohand to emulate Cyrillic. Painted. Of these versions, the blue and the green are most typical of the tetralogical style. Sources: Vzdornov, G. I. Iskusstvo Knigi v Drevneĭ…

Russian Pelican

This was a collaborative project with members of the Thornwold Scriptorium (Jadwiga Radomyskowa, Ursula von Frieberg, and Valka Siggadottir). The assignment was a surprise Pelican scroll for a Russian persona. We determined to use the tetralogical style, so Valka picked a lovely 15th c Muscovite gospels as the exemplar. Source: Vyzdornov This piece is unfinished,…

Tiered bronze temple ring pendants, part 2

I’ve completed two of the sets of bronze tiered pendants I started, one two tiered and one three tiered. These are meant to hang from medieval Russian temple rings, as in the example below: I am looking at the middle and bottom right sets specifically. I had previously cut out and decorated the trapezoidal components:…

Coil temple rings

Coil, also called curly, temple rings consist of wire coils wrapped around a larger gauge hoop. Found mostly in the west, there are also 2 13th c examples from Novgorod. (Kolchin & Makarova) This is one of the types of temple rings that is also described in the literature as earrings. It is certainly possible…

Orsha lectionary Baronial award

A Stromgard baronial award based on the 13th century Orsha Lectionary. Commercial ink and synthetic vermillion on pergamenta. I combined a header from one page with an initial from another, as well as switching to a one header / two column layout for more visual impact. Bones of the knot work. One side fleshed out….

Tiered Pendants in Bronze, in progress.

These bronze trapezoids are on their way to be tiered pendants to hang from some of my larger plain temple rings, just as the silver ones do from my Rhomboidal temple rings. I have several examples of varying complexity, and plenty of bronze sheet, so I’m going to make a few different sets. Like these…

Two more Russian banners

Here are two more pre 1600 banners, and a link to the museum holding the standard of Yermak Timofeevich, from the previous post. Thanks to Kseniia for the links! Again, these banners have images of saints, with inscriptions. One is painted and gilded, while the other is embroidered. The gonfalon “Fatherland” with the Mother of…

Russian Lark and Mountain.

A bardic championship scroll based on a tetralogical style illumination from a 14th c Muscovite Last Judgement. The text is based on the Summits ceremonial, and written in my Cyrillic pseudohand. Hand mixed synthetic ultramarine, commercial inks and finetec gold gouache on pergamenta. Exemplar, as drawn from the manuscript in 1870. Source: The Russian Ornament…

Two inscribed tally sticks from Novgorod.

Tally sticks are notched and split sticks that record an amount paid, owed, done or collected, and are known from many finds in Russia as well as in western Europe. Some tally sticks are inscribed with the name of the debtor or the owner. Both of these finds from Novgorod have inscriptions. The top tally…